I think there's an important factor that plays into how much I enjoyed Alt Summit, that I haven't mentioned yet. I told many of the new friends I met at Alt and I've told many friends in real life - I quit my job.
You know that feeling you get when you're in the wrong place at the wrong time? And similarly, the opposite feeling when you're in the exact right place at exactly the right time? That's what the past year has been for me - the first one. I felt like I was in the wrong place at the wrong time at my job. Even a sweet co-worker turned great friend would try to make me feel better, that it might be "where I was supposed to be" even if it was hard - but I didn't believe that. I don't know if I'll come to believe it. With the exception of meeting her (Love you, Sh-M-Andrea;) and a few other lovely women, I didn't feel like I was supposed to be there. I was in the wrong place at the wrong time. It didn't fulfill me and I wasn't good at it.
So I left.
My husband has been so supportive, (despite being the one in charge worrying about our finances!;) he knew I wasn't myself and I wasn't utilizing my strengths. (And let's not forget that he had a similar experience in 2012 - so he knew how it felt!) And my sweet father-in-law, who is the best father-in-law in the world, by the way, told me "You're unemployed and I'm proud of you." It felt really good. It felt right to leave, even without a backup plan.
So I didn't plan it this way, but it worked out that the Friday before Alt was my last day of work. Talk about divine intervention, y'all. Part of the reason I loved Alt so much is that I am ready. The change in my life that I've been needing and wanting for the past year and a half is happening. I don't know where it is leading or what will happen, but I feel good. I feel, finally, like I'm in the right place at the right time.
Image by Brooke Dennis & Justin Hackworth for Alt Summit